Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948)

Spiritual message by Gandhi
17 October 1931 BBC
Mohandas Gandhi, recorded in Kingsley Hall, London 1931
(Real Player 6m 19s)

Gandhi Jayanti 2006 Celebrations
(Mahatma Gandhi's 137th Birth Anniversary)

was celebrated in Ottawa
on Saturday, the 30th of September, 2006

at Cumberland Town Hall, 210 Centrum Blvd, Orleans, Ontario

1:00 - 1:15

Gandhiji's favorite Hymn — Vaishnava Jan To Tene Kahiye, Je Pir Parayee Jaane Re ... sung by Shirisha Avadhanula

Welcome address by Anil Agrawal

Speech by the Founder, Bishop George Theckedath [Read the speech]

Relevance of Gandhian Thought and Principles in modern times — a talk by Dr. Jagmohan Humar, President of the Society (hear & read the speech)

1:15 - 3:15 Lectures & Panel Discussion [MC Dr. Jagmohan Humar]
Mahatma Gandhi — His Principles and Their Relevance Today
15-20 Minute lectures by eminent speakers — Speaker introductions by Dr. Jagmohan Humar:
Gandhi Ji's Ideals: Truth & Non-violence by Prof. Trichur Rukmani, Chair in Hindu Studies at Concordia University, Montreal (brief synopsis) — Read entire speech
Gandhi and the Media by Dr. Richard Mann, Asstt. Professor, Dept of Religion, Carleton University (brief synopsis)
Gandhiji's Concept and Dream of Ram Rajya by Dr. Somesh Bhargava, an admirer of Gandhian way of life that epitomised Sanatan Hindu Dharma (brief synopsis)
Mahatma Gandhi's Reverence for Nature and its Relevance to Environment by Dr. Noel Salmond, Professor of Humanities & Religion at Carleton University (brief synopsis)
Panel Discussion [Moderator Dr. Jagmohan Humar, President of Mahatma Gandhi Society of Ottawa]—Q&A with the Audience
3:15 - 4:00 Break & Refreshments
4:00 - 5:15

Cultural Programs — Prayer, Bhajans & Dances [Master of Ceremonies Mr. Madan Gopal]

1. Prayer/Bhajans by Ashwini Hemadi
2. Classical devotional songs (bhajans) by Dr. Vinay Bhide
3. Classical dance by Tanya Chandrashekhar
4. Aarti/Prayer dance by sisters Shiwani & Chandni Jain
5. A group dance led by Swapna Vinod, performed by Priya Murali, Swapna Vinod, Sapna Nair, Sapna Rajeev and Vidya ThuppalDance

5:15 - 5:20 Thanks & Conclusion
favorite hymn

with video, script &
English Translation